APSI: AP Physics 1: Algebra-based for New Teachers, Week 2, Option 2

The AP Physics Institute is designed to help teachers build the foundation for a successful AP Physics program.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

Emphasis will be placed on the rigor of the material that students need to be successful with on the AP Physics exam. A significant amount of time will be spent addressing how AP Physics is a change in not just what we teach, but how we teach.  Laboratory investigations will be incorporated throughout the workshop, with special emphasis on transitioning your laboratory into a student-inquiry based program.  We will also focus on the exam and how best to prepare your students for it.  We will review the requirements for the course audit and the syllabus requirements.  Time will be allowed for best practices and for sharing ideas as a group.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42833 Oather Strawderman On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Oather Strawderman
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
START DATE: July 24, 2018

Instructor: Oather Strawderman

Oather Strawderman has taught Physics in Lawrence, Kansas for the past 21 years.  He currently serves as the Science Department Chair at Lawrence Free State High School.  His teaching experience includes all forms of AP Physics.  He has worked as a Question Leader, Table Leader and a Reader at the annual AP Physics Reading in June since 2012.  As a result of his experience as a Reader he has spent the last 6 years as an item writer and reviewer for the AP Physics 1, 2 and C exams.   As a College Board endorsed AP Physics Consultant he has presented daylong and week-long workshops in 27 states.  He has also presented at multiple AP Annual Conferences and AAPT National Conferences.  In addition, Oather was honored to have had the opportunity to present International Workshops in Kunming China and Dubai United Arab Emirates.  Oather is also a member of the AP Physics 2 Development Committee where he helps develop the exam and works on the preparation of the course description.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 24, 2018

End Date: July 27, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $605 Tuition includes College Board Exam Resources, course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $555 if registering by April 9

Late Registration: $655 if registering after June 25

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

  • Introductions/ Agenda/MC test
  • CED/Pacing/Audit
  • Experimental Design Lab/Lab Presentations
  • Reading/Experimental Design FRQ 
  • Inquiry/Applet Investigations
  • TIPERs
  • Paragraph Length FRQ’s
  • Lab Reports/Challenge Labs
  • Equity/AP Potential/ Success Strategies /Recruitment
  • AP Physics 2 / C Material
  • Qualitative Quantitative Translation FRQ’s
  • AP Lab Manual and Hands-on Lab time
  • Direct Measurement Videos
  • Science Practices/Labs by Units 
  • Best Practices from Participants
  • Technology/Online Resources/Probeware
  • Laptop
  • Activity to share